After teaching English for more than 12 years, I’ve noticed a common thread among ELA teachers: we’re all working to balance countless, and seemingly ever-shifting demands from a variety of stakeholders. We all want to serve our students as best as we possibly can, and typically that means we put in hours (upon hours) of our personal time outside the classroom in that pursuit.

I’m here to empower you with resources to:

      1. Engage even the most disengaged students
      2. Cultivate mastery of the CCSS
      3. Save hours of your precious time, so you can live a more full, gratifying life outside the classroom

If you’re eager to grow as a professional, and looking to reclaim your non-work hours, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are a few ways you can access my knowledge and experience, arranged in order from those that require the least investment to those that require the most.

        1. Read my past articles and blog posts. Depending on your specific interest, there’s a good chance I’ve covered an aspect of your topic already. To search my blog, just use the search box in the upper-right corner of the page. To see a list of my published articles, click here.
        2. Subscribe to my updates. I currently publish a couple of new blog posts and external articles a month, along with a new lesson plans. I blog on how to apply “next gen” teaching strategies in your classroom, while retaining pedagogical wisdom, grounded in results. As a freelancer, I cover how today’s educational trends impact students, teachers, and the educational community in general. By subscribing, you’ll get my latest thinking delivered straight to your inbox, along with the opportunity to download my latest lesson plans for free. We don’t send more than two emails a month, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Click to activate your free subscription.
        3. Buy one of my teaching resources (lesson plans). You can find them all in my store, and they’re designed to be a turn-key solution for teachers of all experience levels. Whether you’re a first-year teacher looking to ease some of the burden of your new role, or a veteran teacher looking for fresh ideas, we created these plans with you in mind. I say “we,” because my lesson plans represent the best of my ideas, which have then been refined, organized, and beautifully designed by my wife (and business partner), Melissa. Click here to browse my resource store.
        4. Book me as a speaker. I’ve been speaking publicly for more than 12 years. I’ve keynoted baccalaureate events, facilitated workshops for districts, departments and conferences, and delivered presentations to business organizations and community groups. If you have an event you would like me to consider, please email Melissa directly. (Note from Melissa: thank you for your patience as I continue adding resources to Mike’s new website. An updated speaking page, complete with descriptions of topics he regularly speaks/facilitates on will be available before the end of May, 2016.)

If you have something else in mind, feel free to e-mail me.